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Your iPod is your best musical friend. But, not unlike some of your college buddies, you can't take it everywhere. Below are ten places you should avoid iPod temptation and go white bud free.
Driving with your iPod in your ears is not a good idea. Depending on where you live, it might also be illegal. Scrolling through an enormous playlist while driving is another situation to avoid. “All Out of Love” might put you in a driving mood, but in the fast lane you need your ears-- and your wits-- about you.
9. Mowing Your Lawn in a Lightning Storm
Sad, but true: A guy mowing his lawn in a lightning storm gets backhanded by mother nature. Lightning traveled down the earbud cords, and burned him badly. Local newscasts jumped on the “killer iPods” angle, but experts say there’s nothing specific to iPods that make them more dangerous than any other conductive wires you might hang from your face. It’s been noted that the guy was listening to Metallica at the time. Insert your own Ride the Lightning joke here.
8. At Your Grandparents’ House
Last year, researchers at the University of Michigan discovered that your iPod has the potential to screw with pacemakers. The number that showed “inhibited function” (read: stopped working) near an iPod was small, but a third of the pacemakers tested experienced some kind of interference. Leave your iPod home when visiting grandma. She’s still figuring out cassettes, anyway.
7. Saving the Whales
Until Apple releases the iPod Organic Shade-Grown Fair-Trade Hemp, keep your music player stashed away next time you’re out cleaning up oil spills or protecting mole habitats or whatever. Apple has made great strides in on the environmental front, but shiny gadgets are still pretty heavy on your carbon footprint, and may contain some gnarly chemicals GreenPeace doesn’t like. Fellas, you should also know that some of those chemicals might mess with your junk. Yeah, that junk.